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Breaking News – defence of one man’s credibility…

In an email this morning…


MJ does his bit for racial harmony

My Dear Mr Howell

It has come to my attention that my dearest “Nest of Vipers” has been spreading unfounded and damaging rumours about my taste in music.

I would like to go on the record now, and in front of my peers and by the good grace of God (which is a big call considering my
atheist/agnostic beliefs, and the fact that I tend to search out virgins and chooks for sacrifice by night while listening to Judas Priest within the confines of my dungeon while wearing my gimp-suit) that I have never considered myself to be a fan, or idolise the man (formerly known as) Michael Jackson, aka Whack Jacko, aka The Plastic Fantastic, aka The Babysitter You Don’t Want.

While I appreciate the fellow’s contributions to music, mostly in a ‘bubblegum’ sense, and as I have blogged about his impact on popular culture via his Moonwalk, the musician, not the man, has indelibly impressed me with some of his songs: these include, but are not limited to, Beat It, Thriller, Dirty Diana. If there are any others that come to mind I will make a concerted effort to make them know to you.

But as you can start to sense, from MJ’s extensive music catalogue I have merely pointed but three as having any form of impact on me emotionally. Percentage wise this surely must reinforce the fact that 3 from hundreds does not a fan make. Using the same formula, I really only like three of U2’s songs, and actually would go so far to say I even prefer MJ over them. Read more…


Book Review – Iceberg by Clive Cussler

As the blurb on the rear cover hints; “Here was a sea mystery to rank with the Bermuda Triangle and the Marie Celeste…”

Well sort of except that the Triangle and Celeste are believable…but they were right one thing, its rank.

When I started this I had some high hopes of it – a mystery ship is found entombed in an iceberg by the Coast Guard. Cool, sounds like a story. It covers espionage, assassination, a Utopian society, and skullduggery found only in modern politics which involves some of the most powerful people in the world. But as is so often the case, money and power are no match for common folk like you and me, and when these villans realise that maybe they will stop doing evil and combine their efforts for the common good…that was sarcasm, by the way. Read more…

Book Review – The Twelfth Card by Jeffery Deaver

There is a skull too...

This book took a while to read but not because it was dull…apart from time, you find yourself early on reading slowly to take in the scores of clues and information being fed to you as not doing so will catch you out later when something is figured out.

The story starts with an attempted murder of a teen girl in a public library, and soon escalates to a murder of the librarian and an injured bystander. The apparent motive is attempted rape, but then strangely takes on a cultish lead and then changes tact to a crime from 140 years previously. As I alluded to, you need to be on your wits with this one as the plot changes almost with every chapter with clues in abundance – but which clues are genuine and which are ‘planted’?

Enter the brilliant Lincoln Rhyme, a forensic expert which an attitude – if you have seen The Bone Collector, he was played  by Denzel Washington…and as good as that movie was, this book is better.

I have never read a thriller that throws you off the scent so many times and I challenge anyone to solve it before it is revealed…

There is not much I can find wrong with this book – not ruined by romances, Hollywood staging, nor complex plotting. You do need to get up to speed with street talk quite quickly though as this book is riddled with it (being based in Harlem). The portrayal of the hit-man is done perfectly to the point you cannot help but admire by his murderous trade.

A must read.

Book Review – Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter


nondescript, yet telling cover

When I sent a shout out to the three people who follow my blogs (and I thank my Dad, wife, and my Parole Officer for being those three) for some decent fiction I had been given two ‘winners’. One was a train wreck as I didnt realise that Richard Laymon was a comic writer when I thought I was meant to be reading horror, and the second is this author.

Normally I can finish a novel in a week, shorter as I have no career prospects at present, but this book took a lot longer than I anticipated. And I had high hopes for it, being referred by a good friend with an extensive library, and with a name like Slaughter, well surely she couldn’t be in breach of the Fair Trading Act (to those in Europe, the Trades Descriptions Act). Read more…

Book Review – Outpost by Adam Baker


Chilling tale of choices...

Now I have damned to hell a lot of the recent books I have read, so-called ‘number ones’…well Messers Laymon, King, Koontz et al, meet Mr Baker, one of the best horror/thriller writers I have ever read.

This book puts all other zombie and apocalyptic novels to shame.

The plot has a little over a dozen skeleton crew on a disused oil rig inside the Arctic Circle biding their time however they can until they are relieved by the next watch in about six months time. But they are unaware that the world as they knew it is slowly being destroyed by something which is slowly, but surely, making its way to them, and once this realisation has been made they try to figure out how to survive and escape their frozen hell. It is an eclectic gathering of people with their own personal torment to deal while melding into a workable solution while being picked off one by one.

Gravedigger Extraordinaire

I don’t wish to ruin this too much for anyone who might be interested in reading it, other than it is gripping, scary, and thought-provoking all at once. As the catch-cry for it says;

When the end of the world comes, do you want to be the first to go? Or the last to survive?

The must-read book of the year as far as this little known critic is concerned.

And to seal the fact that this is worth reading, the description of the author reads;

Before writing Outpost, Adam Baker worked as a gravedigger and a film projectionist…

You just know with a mix like that he is an expert on his subject matter. Bet his career’s counsellor at high school didn’t see that coming!

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